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New season underway at Richmond Art Gallery
Richmond Art Gallery’s 2013-2014 season is already underway, having begun with an exhibition questioning what is real and asking how we can be sure what real is.
Fictive Realities made its debut Sept. 6. It features five artists who, through various media, project alternate visions of our reality to make viewers aware of the fictions we inhabit. The show runs until Nov. 3.
On Nov. 16 the gallery will be transformed by local performance artist Margaret Dragu. VERB WOMAN: the wall is my head/a dance of forgetting is Dragu’s first gallery-based solo exhibition. The show, which runs through to Jan. 12, 2014, includes a new video work, along with performance videos and interactive props.
Exploring conflict and forgetting within public and private contexts, Dragu’s lens focuses on footage from Berlin and Belfast as well as documentation from her 2009-2011 performances of VERB WOMAN: a dance of forgetting, which she dedicated to her mother who had Alzheimer’s disease.
Running concurrently is Memory: International Mail Art Exhibition and Swap, co-ordinated by Kathy Tycholis. Mail Art (aka Postal Art) is a long-standing art practice where artists collaborate and exchange artworks through the postal service. Artists from all over the world have been invited to mail in original postcards based on the theme of memory for this second biennial exhibition. This exhibit is not juried and anyone is welcome to participate.